PMR – Special Issue: Public Sector Professionals in Crisis: a Role for HRM?

With the relative exception of Employee/Industrial Relations, the public sector has been neglected by HRM scholars compared to studies of the corporate sector (Beattie and Waterhouse, forthcoming). Furthermore, and perhaps by way of consequence, politicians and policy makers across the world are informed by the hegemony of HRM models, strategies and practices developed in the business world. This is evident in the introduction of New Public Management (NPM) reforms where governments wholeheartedly embraced business HR models to public sector organisations, often leading to damaging consequences (e.g. Brunetto et al, 2017).

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